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CHRISTMAS 
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love still turns where the God-head burns, Hid in Flesh from flesh - ly sight 

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Prom - ised from e - ter - nal years. 

Sits a - mid the Cher - u - bim. 

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night of glee, in Da - vids town be - fel. Jo - seph came from Na - za-reth, with 
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bend - ing low with fold - ed wings, Be-fore th' In-car - nate King of kings,In 

joy up -on that Face a-while, Up -on the lov - ing infant smile Which 

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Whether Christ were Born or no, 
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53 



Quoth I, "Fellows mine, 

Why this guise sit ye ? 
Making but dull cheer, 

Shepherds though ye be?" 
Quoth these fellows then, 

"To Bethlem Town we go, 
To see a Mighty Lord 

I/ie in manger low." 

Quartet. Nowel, &c. 



Ox and ass Him know, 

Kneeling on their knee. 
Wondrous joy had I 

This little babe to see; 
This is Christ the Lord, 

Masters be ye glad! 
Christmas is come in. 

And no folk should be sad. 
Quartet. Nowel, &c. 



JAN 1 (f^ ii?i 



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